For some students, the concept of the distributive property is completely abstract and something they cannot begin to understand. To help students make the connection, it is important to show them how the distributive property works, in a concrete way. Once students understand this, they can begin to use the distributive property to help them solve multiplication facts that look intimidating. For third graders, this may be equations that have larger factors, like 6, 7, 8, 9, or 12. For fourth and fifth graders, this may be multiplying two digit numbers or later three digits.

Scroll down to take a look at some of what is included in this 100 page Space Systems unit. This unit aligns to NGSS* 1-ESS1-1 and 1-ESS1-2.

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